Digging Through the Bible

Digging Through the Bible

Understanding Biblical People, Places, and Controversies Through Archaeology

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the uses and misuses of archeological evidence in the study of Biblical events and life in Bible times, and describes research on the Exodus, the early kings, Jesus, ancient women, synagogues, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Bar Kockba.

Rowman and Littllefield
Digging Through the Bible shares new information about the Holy Land that can provide a powerful connection between past history and present faith. Join celebrated archaeologist and rabbi Richard Freund as he takes readers through digs he has led, searching for evidence about key biblical characters and events. From Moses and the Israelite Exodus to Mary the mother of Jesus, Freund explores some of the greatest Biblical controversies of our day, as well as smaller stories that can give us a deeper understanding of the background behind the Bible.
Many of our religious beliefs are based on faith alone, but archaeology gives the opportunity to find evidence about what really happened in the distant past-evidence that can have a dramatic impact on what and how we believe. Join celebrated archaeologist and rabbi Richard Fruend as he takes readers through digs he has led in the Holy Land, searching for evidence about key biblical characters and events. Digging Through the Bible presents overviews of the evidence surrounding figures such as Moses, Kings David and Solomon, and Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as new information that can help us more fully understand the life and times in which these people would have lived. Freund also presents new evidence about finding the grave of the Teacher of Righteousness mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and gives a compelling argument about how the Exodus of the Israelites may have taken place in three separate waves over time, rather than in a single event as presented in the Bible. In addition to discussing some of the greatest Biblical controversies of our day, Freund provides a compelling discussion of how to understand these debates and how much information is necessary to form new conclusions about the past. An engaging introduction to the practice of Biblical archaeology, Digging Through the Bible shares information about the Holy Land that can provide a powerful connection between past history and present faith.

Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780742546448
0742546446
Branch Call Number: 220.93 FREUN
Characteristics: xii, 381 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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prisjalex Dec 28, 2011

In the chapter on Exodus, there were numerous typographic errors of date, in one case writing CE when it should have been BCE, thus an error of several thousand years.

In general, I was bothered by the sloppy editing of the book, which should have caught all of the errors.

However, despite the errors, in general I found the book fascinating.

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